Backwater Retreat Theme House
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... balletic and acrobatic at the same time.
Following the performance we enjoy a second Onam festival lunch served on banana leaves and eaten with the fingers. I am really happy for this, as illness prevented my participation in yesterday's celebrations of Onam. The food is indescribably delicious, and I am sure my mother was turning in her grave to see me eating with my fingers.
We return to the canal near our hotel in time to watch ...
... Amongst the mostly Indian or Indian-born artists on display are Yoko Ono and Anish Kapoor. I explain to my partner that Kapoor was responsible for the hideous Orbit sculpture cum viewing platform at the Olympics Park which we had to see most days in East London, and she joked that I should keep my voice down in case he was in the next room. And, sure enough, he was, giving an interview, and thankfully out of earshot.
Back at the Kaliveedu, the tour group of ...
... After dropping our things off in the room we go to find the pool. We have it to ourselves until a French group come along. Then a large group of Indian men arrive one wearing a shower cap, this protection is wasted as they proceed to dunk him. We give up on the pool and go back to the room to book a massage and steam, they can't do 7pm but can do 2pm so rearrange our day. Canoe, lunch, massage and then sunset cruise. Lunch is a chicken ...
... you in with tempting deals, cool A/C, glittery wares, aromatic spices, and big smiles. Bartering is the norm so we got to dabble and practice with holding our ground and walking away when we were being given the "tourist price," not the "local price." We took a tour boat to Fort Cochi and a shipping dock, which was a cool and relaxing break to the constant action of land-life. We visited an elephant coral where captured wild baby elephants are trained for lives of physical labor service ...
... in the early afternoon. We walked as much as possible in the shade of the forests. We saw virtually every form of wildlife imaginable, bats, squirrels, mongoose, and many monkeys. We also saw enormous elk-like Sambar deer and whole herds of monstrous bison. We saw tiger sign as well, tracks and scat and scratches on trees. The name of the trek we’d signed up for was the Tiger Trail and indeed it seemed we were in fact on the trail of the striped jungle cat, but it’s a ...